Spinach and Mushroom Stuffed Chicken

I’ve been looking for some new ways to cook chicken and this recipe pushed me to try a new process of using toothpicks to secure a piece of chicken rolled with delicious veggies. Beyond this, in researching stuffed chicken options there are just so many! I landed on this one because I already had most of the ingredients in the fridge, but this is a technique I look forward to continuing in the future. What other flavor combinations would you suggest?

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 large chicken breasts (ours were enormous… 2.2 pounds… so we cut them each in half widthwise – on the ‘equator’)
  • 10 oz of fresh spinach
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 8 oz of mushrooms
  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese  
  • Toothpicks
  • Olive oil, salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth

Steps and Notes:

  1. Place the chicken inside of a plastic bag and pound thin
  2. In a nonstick skillet saute the butter, mushrooms, garlic and onion.  Season with salt and pepper for 5 about minutes.
  3. Transfer the cooked mushroom mixture to a food processor and chop
    • I wanted to keep a decent chunk – so only 2 quick pulses did the trick using my large food processor
  4. Place the mushroom mixture into a large mixing bowl and add the cheese.
  5. Put the spinach into the empty processor and quickly chop then add this to the mixing bowl as well.
  6. Add a mound of stuffing onto each chicken breast and roll the chicken from end to end.
    • I also tried a ‘fold in half’ strategy but this was much harder to close with the toothpicks.
  7. Secure the chicken roll with one toothpick on the end.
  8. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan and add the rolled chicken.  Brown the chicken, rotating it to each side using tongs. Total cooking time about 12 minutes.
    • Note: the chicken cooks fairly quickly because it is so thin, so keep an eye on it
  9. Once cooked, remove from pan to make the sauce with the juices in the pan.
  10. Add butter and flour and cook for one minute.
  11. Whisk in the wine and reduce for one minute then whisk in the broth.
  12. Return the chicken to the pan until ready to serve.
    • Make sure to remove the toothpicks before serving!

We ate this with spaghetti squash and a simple arugula salad.

 

Thoughts for Next Time:

 

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8 comments

  1. koolaidmoms · · Reply

    There are tons of ways to stuff the chicken – feta and spinach; basil, tomato and mozzarella; pesto and sliced eggplant; ham and swiss; swiss and mushrooms….

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    1. Yum! I can’t wait to try more of these. Also, I love your goal of cooking something new for a whole year. While I’m not quite there, I do try to make something new every week and love all of the inspiration and ideas I am getting here. Thank you again!

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      1. koolaidmoms · ·

        You are off to a great start!

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  2. I’m with her, try all kinds of combinations. One of my faves is spinach and cheese, for sure. Topped with buttered and seasoned panko bread crumbs. Oh yes! But yours looks very tasty indeed!

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    1. Ooh. I love the idea of the panko topping. And, I have some leftover from the chicken last week. Thanks!

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  3. This sounds lovely. I am not sure if you enjoy or eat bacon, but bacon too with cheese and spinach is nice.
    I also try and cook a new recipe each week, it is such a lovely way to get to know how to do new things and if the recipe is a success, it is so inspirational 🙂

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    1. Oh how I love bacon. What an excellent idea! These days it feels like me ‘food to make’ list is growing faster than shrinking, but I love that I am learning and tasting so many new things. Thanks for the nice note.

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  4. You are very welcome. It is always nice to get new ideas. I can relate with ‘the food to make’ list, mine too, keeps on growing 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

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